Some Impressions and Benchmarks from Chrome on iOSby Brian Klug on June 28, 2012 4:13 PM EST
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Earlier today, Google announced Chrome for iOS (iPhone and iPad), and thanks to Richard Gaywood finding a direct link to the App Store, I got the chance to play around with it in-between a busy schedule of sessions and meetings at I/O 2012. Chrome on iOS weighs in at 12.8 MB and is version 19.0.1084.60.
|Location||WebKit Version||HTML5test.com Score||CSS3test.com Score||Sunspider 0.9.1|
|iOS 5.1.1||534.46||324 + 9||52%||2226.1|
|iOS 6.0 B1||534.46||360 + 9||57%||1842.9|
|Chrome for iOS (on iOS6 B2)||534.46||360 + 9||57%||6839.4|
On the positive side, the Chrome interface is pretty much exactly how it appears on Android, including the nice tabbed card switcher complete with the ability to close and switch tabs by swiping off the edge of the screen. Scrolling around inside webpages is also nice and speedy on Chrome for iOS, which isn't a surprise since, again, it's using UIWebView. The real feature in Chrome for iOS sadly isn't a superior browsing engine, but rather the ability to sync your tabs, pages, and back history across the desktop and more mobile platforms.
Update: As NobleKain points out in the comments, there's a discrepancy between WebKit versions between iOS 6 B1 and B2. B2 is now running 536.13, but WebView remains 534.46. Either way for users running iOS 5.1.1, these should be the same, I just unfortunately only have a device on me running the beta, hence the discrepancy.
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Nihility - Saturday, June 30, 2012 - linkThey look terrible on all LCD monitors.
Markus@AnandTech - Friday, July 20, 2012 - linkAs a further case in point, it appears that Chrome for iOS is severely crippled in terms of performance. Normally, no one would complain and/or notice a 10-20% performance difference in page loads. But we’ve found that page load performance using Chrome on iOS is almost 2x slower than Safari. According to the results from our BrowsingBench test (www.eembc.org/benchmark/browsing_sl.php) run on an iphone 4G and an iPad2, Safari weighs in at 919 and 2340, respectively. On the other hand, when running Chrome on the same platforms, our test results were 478 and 1241, respectively. Although we didn’t do any under-the-hood analysis, we also ran the BrowsingBench test using the Dolphin browser on the iphone 4G, and obtained a score of 956.